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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (3/4/11) Edition

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Tomorrow marks Senior Day at the WVU Coliseum, as Joe Mazzulla, Cam Thoroughman, John Flowers, Casey Mitchell and Jonnie West will be honored before the game against Louisville. Huggs, as usual, is asking for a big turnout to create the same kind of atmosphere that was so difficult for Notre Dame and UConn to play in. Come early and be loud. On the other side of the gender coin, the women begin their Big East Tournament tonight against Cincinnati. Despite being seeded 10th, they have a favorable draw in the bracket for a deep run this weekend. And, as we get closer and closer to spring drills in a few weeks, more and more football news should be coming. All of this and your final weekend Big East viewing guide is inside. Make sure to check back later for Country Roads' Weekend Rooting Guide for WVU's possible BET seeding scenarios.

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What You May Have Missed:

Huggins Needs Mountaineer Nation to Step Up -
“We need to win some games and if the Mountaineer Nation was ever into really helping us, this would be a great time,” Bob Huggins stated last week. “Wednesday and Saturday would be a great time. The Coliseum is a totally, totally different place whenever there’s 14,000-15,000 people in there and enthusiastic and when our students show up. When they don’t, it’s not a tough place to play. [The team] needs all the help they can get right now.”

Big East Tournament - West Virginia University
Leave a message for WVU's teams in the Big East Tournaments

Mountaineers’ Holgorsen is ‘anxious, but not ready’ - Register-Herald

Dienhart: All-star staffs by conference -
Both coordinators, OL and DB coaches are named from WVU

Replacing 2010 defense will keep Casteel busy in spring - Daily Athenaeum
Mountaineers lost seven starters from last year’s top-10 squad

Dana Holgorsen does not care for dated wall art - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Quarterback Geno Smith - Mountaineer TV
Quarterback Geno Smith visits with media Wednesday afternoon inside Touchdown Terrace at Milan Puskar Stadium.

VIDEO: WVU Football Player Interviews -
Geno, Julian and Barclay

Five games to watch this season in the Big East - Orlando Sentinel

News of Note:


A look at the Big East women's basketball tournament - Star Ledger

The Big East Tournament 2011: Tournament Preview - It’s Anyone’s Game, Right? - Swish Appeal
Women's preview

WVU women meet Cincinnati in Big East Tournament opener - Times West Virginian

Let The Tournament Begin - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article includes video interview with Coach C

WVU women begin Big East tourney tonight - Charleston Gazette

VIDEO: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews -
Coach C, Sarah Miles, Madina Ali, Liz Repella and Korinne Campbell

Women’s Basketball Regular Season Awards Announced - BIG EAST Conference

Repella, Ali Earn BIG EAST Honors - MSNsportsNET.Com

Repella repeats as All-Big East selection - Times West Virginian
Ali honored as second-team pick


Big East scenarios plentiful for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette

WVU is beginning to come together again as the regular season comes to a close - Daily Athenaeum

WVU Men's Basketball Team Report: 3/3 -

Jones helping WVU despite shooting slump - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

No Ordinary Joe - MSNsportsNET.Com

Connecticut Postgame Reaction - Mountaineer TV
Postgame player reaction following Wednesday's 65-56 victory over 16th-ranked Connecticut.

Big East has struggled in Big Dance - Daily Athenaeum

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN
Still just outside, looking in (receiving votes)

College Basketball Power Rankings - Luke Winn -
No love here at all


Burke Is One to Watch -

Street Agents in Texas: Some New Competition for Will Lyles? - Recruitocosm
MUST MUST READ for any of you interested in behind the scenes recruiting

Sources: NCAA probes man who sent players to Oregon - ESPN

Oregon Ducks say 'We have nothing to hide' about $28,000 paid for football recruiting services - Oregonian

"Everybody Does It," Says Oregon - Pre-Snap Read

College presidents, not NCAA must spearhead recruiting reform - Stewart Mandel -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Here are your end-of-the-season Big East scenarios - The UConn Blog
Country Roads will have one of these for us later today

Painful Memories: Big East seniors have had rough ends to careers - Post Standard

Double bye-bye: St. John's loses to Seton Hall, 84-70 - Rumble In The Garden

Seton Hall upsets No. 15 St. John's, 84-70 - Star Ledger

UConn Huskies to honor junior G Kemba Walker on senior day - ESPN

KFC Yum! Center turned into Louisville basketball's home quickly - Courier-Journal

Time is running out for slumping Villanova to right the ship - Philadelphia Inquirer

Marquette Bubble Watch March 3 Edition - Anonymous Eagle

NCAA berth is not ultimate goal for Bearcats - Cincinnati Enquirer

Pitt's senior class maintained a 'tradition of excellence' - PPG

Wannstedt defends Pitt's past - PPG

Subs for Syracuse basketball team starting to roll - Post Standard

The Syracuse Honor Code - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician light of the BYU situation

Pitt Is A Bunch Of Criminals, UConn Is Broke & West Virginia Is In West Virginia - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

A Bold Proclamation As USF Spring Practice Begins - Voodoo Five

Agent paid for UNC's Austin's trips, search warrant alleges - Charlotte Observer

What's On Tap:

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. (22) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
6:00 tonight from the XLC as the Women's Big East Tournament begins

(11) Louisville Cardinals vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Coliseum on ESPN


(7) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (16) Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
2:00 Saturday from Gampel Pavilion on ESPN

(17) Georgetown Hoyas vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
2:00 Saturday from 17/19ths Arena on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

(19) Villanova Wildcats vs. (5) Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
4:00 Saturday from the Pete on CBS

DePaul Blue Demons vs. (12) Syracuse Orange - ESPN
4:00 Saturday from the Dome on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

South Florida Bulls vs. (15) St. John's Red Storm - ESPN
8:00 Saturday night from Carnesecca Arena on MASN, MSG and ESPN3

Videos of Interest:

This video will be shown on the gigantic Macy'sVision display in NYC during the BET next week:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This was surreal in person, but turn up the volume and listen to @JFlow41's reaction:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is winner of the 2009 Victoria's Secret Model Search and is soon to be featured in the April issue of FHM. Here's a lovely gallery (click on the picture) and a couple videos of Kylie Bisutti.

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